Accompanying young people as they encounter and follow Jesus
The Diocese of Grand Rapids supports and strengthens those who evangelize and accompany young people as they encounter and follow Jesus Christ as missionary disciples.
The Office for Family, Youth and Young Adult Ministries does this by:
Forming, equipping, and supporting parish, school, and organizational leaders in their ministry with young people and their families,
Modeling and fostering a ministry of accompaniment among young people of all cultures, languages, socioeconomic and geographic realities,
Partnering with parents to support families of young people as they witness to Jesus Christ in their daily lives.
Youth Ministries in the Diocese of Grand Rapids
Parishes, Catholic schools, and other organizations in our diocese have regular and ongoing programs for young people to meet together and grow in faith. Learn more by contacting your a parish or school near you.
Resources for Youth Ministry Leaders
The Diocese of Grand Rapids formally recognizes all those involved in ministry with young people who participate in initial and ongoing training and formation by awarding certification. Certification helps to advance youth ministry efforts in our diocese, enhance the skills and knowledge of staff and volunteers, and build credibility and confidence of pastors, families, and parishioners in youth ministry efforts.
The diocesan office recognizes most training opportunities and formation programs that provide spiritual formation, theological education, and the skills and knowledge for effective ministry with young people and their families.
Highlighted training and formation programs:
Aquinas College – Certificate in Theology and Youth Ministry Course Series
University of Dayton Virtual Learning Community – Youth Ministry Certificate
The Diocese of Grand Rapids is committed to protecting children and adults from harm. Our safe environment program aims to prevent sexual abuse within our community and to help heal the wounds of past victims. In compliance with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Charter for the Protection of Children & Young People, the Diocese of Grand Rapids has established policies and procedures for all adults involved in youth ministry in an effort to maintain safety for all children and young people.
The Ministry Management Portfolio is a document library of the policies, forms, and resources to assist parish youth ministry leaders in maintaining a safe environment. This site is for account users only and is password protected. Please contact Mark Mann to request access.
It takes a partnership
All across the country, parish and school leaders are asking for effective ways to engage parents in the life and mission of the church, as well as seeking ways to support and strengthen them as the primary leaders of faith within their families. To work together toward this goal, Strong Catholic Families is a dynamic grassroots process, designed to reach out to anyone in your parish or school who has a stake in passing on a faith that matters, with Christ at the center and foundation of our families, parishes, and schools. To begin the process in your parish or school, contact Mark Mann.